A strong desire and ambition to undertake research in historical matters has always been close to my heart. It is a proven fact thatMuhammad fits the description of the Ultimate Sage, whose coming has been prophesied in the Vedas, the Bible and the Buddhistscriptures. My heart was therefore aroused with the inspiration that TRUTH must be revealed, even though it could be distasteful to some people.In the period prior to Muhammad, Indians and Arabs had the same religion. Many proofs to that still exist. But this is not the right placeto go into that. I am not in favour of religious narrow-mindedness. I do not have the audacity to reject truth, regardless of where it comesfrom.The Vedas have prophesied about the coming of a sage who will ride on camel-back, will have twelve wives and whose name will be Narashangsa. Shayana has given the meaning of Narashangsa as one who is praised by men. But as a result of my analysis I find itdifficult to agree with Shayana. In my opinion Narashangsa indicates a person whose very name means 'The Praised'. The Arabic wordMuhammad means 'The Praised'. Therefore Narashangsa and Muhammad are synonymous. In the rest of the book I have endeavouredsincerely to reveal this truth.
Ved Prakash Upaddhayaya
The Creator and Sustainer of the Universe is One and has no second. Only He is worthy of praise. Only He is worthy of worship. He isthe Lord of the Worlds. For the well-being of human beings, in this world and the next, and to give them guidance to the true path, Hehas sent Messengers in every age and every land. But some ignorant people of India think that the Lord's Messengers, sages and greatmen are sent only to India, in spite of the fact that the Aryans themselves came from countries outside India and the Vedas are thereligious scriptures of non-Indian Aryans. The real truth is, that whenever abominations and irreligious practices get out of hand and previous scriptures become corrupted, God sends new Messengers and reveals new scriptures. Those who reject the new Messengers andthe new scriptures and thus follow the superstitions blindly, go headlong towards their doom. On the other hand, those who accept suchMessengers and obey the new scriptures, attain the true path.If the current scriptures of the world are examined closely, it will become evident that some of them remained dormant and some otherswere kept hidden from the eyes of men for hundreds, even thousands of years. The Aryans had forbidden the reading of and listening tothe Vedas for the non-Aryans. Under the attack of the enemies, the Bible had disappeared from the face of the earth. That is why thefollowers of various religions had expressed doubts about the validity of their own scriptures. But the Qur'an is a unique scripture in thisregard in that it has never been out of sight for even a day. If the other scriptures of the world are destroyed, it will be impossible torecover them. But millions of those, who have memorised the thirty parts of the vast Qur'an, are available all the time. That is why this book remained intact and uncorrupted for fourteen hundred years. No book in the world can face up to this challenge of the Qur'an. Trulyspeaking, only the Qur'an can claim to be the immutable and eternal message from the Lord.India as well as the whole world is all ears about the coming of Kalki Avatar - the last great man. Various scriptures have mentioned himin various ways. Many identifications of this great man have been described. He has been mentioned in many places of our own Vedasand the Puranas. Muslims say : this last great man of the Kalki period is Muhammad.According to the research of Dr. Ved Prakash Upaddhayaya, Muhammad has been described in the Vedas and the Puranas in four different ways. Firstly, as Narashangsa or 'the Praised'. This has been described as the meaning of the word Muhammad. Secondly, asAntim Rishi - the Final Sage. The Qur'an also declares Muhammad as the final Messenger. Thirdly, as Kalki Avatar, i.e he will be thesage for the last period. Muhammad has surely arrived in the present Kalki period. Fourthly, Muhammad has been mentioned in theVedas by name. Therefore, from all four points of view, it is Muhammad, who is being pointed out.In this connection, Dr. Ved Prakash Upaddhayaya has published three research works - (1) Narashangsa and the Antim Rishi, (2) KalkiAvatar and Muhammad, and (3) Religious unity in the light of the Vedas and the Puranas. I have combined the three in my Bengalitranslation and have named it as 'Muhammad in the Vedas and the Puranas'.Upon my special request the publisher has published the book with great care. I am very pleased to see the book, and consider it as myreal manuscript. I bestow all rights to this literature in favour of the publisher.Let there be an awakening for true knowledge. Let there be a closer friendship and amity between the Hindus and the Muslims. May Godgive everyone the courage to accept TRUTH without hesitation. With these good wishes I want to conclude my views on the matter .
Ashit Kumar Bandhopaddhayaya